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PVWSD Statement Regarding MOA with Eversource

 

October 6, 2017
Contact: Merelise O’Connor, District Administrator 536-1733

PVWSD Statement Regarding MOA with Eversource

Plymouth, NH – Plymouth Village Water and Sewer District (PVWSD) wishes to clarify the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Eversource. PVWSD has entered into an MOA with Eversource to protect its rate payers from costs associated with the Northern Pass Transmission (NPT) line planning and engineering, as well as potential costs for future infrastructure maintenance and improvements.

PVWSD Commissioners have not taken any position with respect to NPT. The Commission’s purpose is specifically to deliver water and collect and treat wastewater for District users. The District is a municipal utility with a mission distinct from the broader Town government. Commissioners do respect the purview of the Town government to take a position against the proposed transmission line, but remain neutral on the issue, as a Board.

The PVWSD has plans to replace water and sewer lines from Foster St. along Main St. and South Main St. all the way to Warren St. This project has been in the planning and design stages since 2014. There is no current timeline on the proposed project because the NPT line, if approved, will also travel along the same route with the potential for underground conflicts.

The District Commissioners are concerned about the necessary business disruption that will be created to replace the 90 year-old water and sewer lines on Main St. and have deferred any work until the outcome of the NPT project is known. This is to avoid having Main St. under construction twice. The Commission is committed to minimizing the disruption to Main St. businesses while recognizing that District users will benefit from the local improvement project.

The Commissioners have openly discussed this plan with Town officials, the Plymouth Selectboard and Planning Board in public several times since 2015.

Besides the high risk of this aging infrastructure breaking unexpectedly and costing more money to repair in an emergency situation, fire suppression is also a critical issue due to undersized lines. The proposed project will address these risks.

It became apparent over the last year that the District would incur substantial engineering costs to review the NPT plans, provide information on the District’s underground structures and provide access to manholes for NPT surveys. The Commissioners believe that it is in the best interest of the District constituents to be well prepared, to safeguard the space the District requires underground for its own project and to be sure that District users are not shouldering the added engineering expenses due to NPT. So with all of that in mind, the District approached Eversource to ask if these expenses could be reimbursed and Eversource agreed. The resulting agreement for reimbursement of expenses is the substance of the Memo of Agreement between the parties.

Superintendent Jason Randall receives the 2016 New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) Operator Award

Congratulations to Superintendent Jason Randall for receiving the 2016 New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) Operator Award for New Hampshire.  The NEWEA Operator Award is given annually to an individual who has shown a high interest and performance in wastewater operations and has made a significant contribution to the wastewater field.  The Plymouth Village Water and Sewer District and Jason were recognized with this honor at the 2017 NEWEA Annual Conference on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at the Boston Marriot Copley Place Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts.  Jason also co-authored and presented the District’s Septage Receiving Upgrades: Regionally Serving Northern New Hampshire with Project Manager Mike Theriault, PE of Wright-Pierce at this conference.

 

Photo Caption: Raymond Willis, 2016 NEWEA President, presenting Jason Randall with the 2016 Operator Award

 

“PFOA” – PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Plymouth Village Water & Sewer District (PVWSD) is aware that parts of some communities within the state are experiencing low levels of the contaminant, perfluorooctanoic acid, or “PFOA,” in their water supplies. Areas in Bedford that purchase their water from Merrimack Village District and private wells located in Merrimack and Litchfield within one mile of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in Merrimack have detected varying levels of PFOA. The Saint-Gobain plastics plant is where the exposure to PFOA is believed to have originated.

The PVWSD has diligently been following the events related to PFOA. Within the last year, there have been multiple communications with New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) regarding the testing results for the affected communities. On July 20, 2016 NHDES issued a letter to inform the PVWSD of new public health advisory levels for PFOA and PFOS in drinking water that have been issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and have been adopted by NHDES as Ambient Groundwater Quality Standards; and requesting that the PVWSD voluntarily sample both wells on Foster St. for PFOA, PFOS, and four other perfluorinated chemicals. In order to provide the public, including the most vulnerable populations, with a margin of protection from potential adverse health effects resulting from a lifetime of exposure to PFOA and PFOS in drinking water, the EPA has established the health advisory levels at 70 parts-per-trillion (ppt) for each of these contaminants.

On September 20th, 2016 the PVWSD collected water samples from drinking water wells #1 and #2 located on Foster St. The samples were tested for PFOA, PFOS, and the four other perfluorinated chemicals.  The results for the PVWSD wells do not detect any levels of all six perfluorinated compounds (PFC’s).

For more information about PFCs, visit the NHDES website. Information regarding sampling results, how to conduct private well testing, and water treatment options are available via the PFOA link on the NHDES website at http://des.nh.gov/.

 

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